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The Complete Guide to Windows Server 2008 by John Savill

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Chapter 7. Advanced Networking Services

In Chapter 6, “TCP/IP,” you looked at TCP/IP, which handles the communication of data across the network. You probably have no desire to manually configure every computer in the network with IP addresses, and having to communicate with systems by IP address doesn’t work well. Fortunately, services for IP can simplify your life.

DHCP

You saw in the previous chapter that static IP addresses could be set for a network adapter along with subnet masks and gateway and domain name system (DNS) servers. Many more options can be configured for IP. In any environment with more than a couple of machines, a way to automatically configure IP properties is necessary.

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is responsible ...

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